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Poster: lobster12 Date: Dec 19, 2008 12:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: acoustic 1980

Sorry if this has been asked before (possibly by me) but anyone know why Phil is playing an electric bass and the rest of the band is acoustic for the NY and SF runs?

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Poster: Rings&Bells Date: Dec 19, 2008 12:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: acoustic 1980

I remember hearing an interview with Jerry on Sirius in which he said something to the effect of Phil has an acoustic bass but he doesn't like it and he's a "tasteful enough bass player" (exact quote) that he can get away with it.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Dec 19, 2008 3:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: acoustic 1980

Photobucket There weren't a ton of acoustic basses around in 1980 and with their large body tended to feedback with any appreciable volume. Although "quiet" by comparison to an electric set, there's still relatively loud monitor volume to cut through on stage. The pic above was from 1994, and rather than plug into the PA, here each is using an individual amp as their instrument monitor, and probably ear pieces for the vocal monitors.